Sorting out the hurricane closet is an annual ritual. Goal is to have enough food to comfortable ride two weeks, but also to have it moveable, so mostly it's cans in bins. We probably don't do the greatest job at rotating stock, b/c day to day we eat mostly fresh foods. Doing a major re-sort and re-org this year and notice that many cans show mid-2010 or even mid-2009 "best if used by dates." If manufacturers would just put "Canned on" date, I'd count five years and be done with it. But no such luck. So thoughts on how long a can of soup or SPAM or hash or tuna or pineapple slices etc etc really is good for? All cans in good condition, stored at room temp (75-ish). We'll replace it all eventually -- local food bank takes anything at all and uses it if can, tosses if it can't. I just can't afford to find out when I open it if a can is good to go.